Hey all,

I got this as a facebook message today and I was...shocked.  I've met this individual probably five times in my life and the longest conversation I've had with him was at my brother's wedding and being a newlywed himself was sharing stories about how he hadn't seen his wife brush her teeth before they got married and it was hard to get used to seeing those types of things so my husband and I had better watch out for things like that (LOL my husband said: "Yeah, well I guess we had different experiences." he was pissed).  ANYWAY, this is what I got.  I want to respond but don't know what. 

Hello Amanda,

How are things? I hope and trust that all is well.

As you may already know, we are preparing to move to Costa Rica this year to serve as missionaries. In preparation, we have been traveling around from church to church to raise our budget for this mission. This has been going very well as many churches have decided to get behind us and partner with us through a monthly commitment. Now, I wanted to present an opportunity to you as well!

For a cup of coffee…

Costa Rica is known for its coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker but I’m told that I won’t be able to resist drinking coffee in Costa Rica; time will tell. In fact, the only coffee drinks I enjoy are the specialty drinks from Starbucks. Yep, I’m that guy. But I know I’m not alone because I don’t go there enough to keep them in business by myself. Would you consider giving up one specialty drink a month (or a fast food value meal a month) to make a difference? That’s right, we’re asking friends if they might be willing to commit $5/month for the next few years that we’ll be in Costa Rica. Would you be willing to partner with us at $5/month? That’s $60/year and your donation is tax deductible! You may do more if you would like/are able, but even if 200 friends jumped on board with us at $5/month we would be significantly closer to our goal of leaving for Costa Rica in 2013!

How can you give?

You can give a one-time donation or set up a monthly commitment by using our safe, secure giving page (I use it myself): {website}

If you’d prefer to send a check each month, just let me know and we can work that out too.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions at {phone number}. I will also try to answer what I feel are the three most common questions below.

Thanks for your consideration and time.

In Christ,

{The entire families names...including the 2 year old}

FAQs

What exactly will we be doing?

We will be involved in a number of different opportunities, but let me highlight 3 for you here:

1. Engage Costa Rica Experience – Polly and I will be serving as the Resident Directors of this opportunity for college aged students who feel like they want to be missionaries someday too. We will mentor them as they get hands-on experience of what it’s like working to help those in need in other countries (through a variety of opportunities). The students can also work on their college degree for up to 2 years while in this program through 3 partnering schools. For more information, check out {website}

2. Youth Ministry – Half the country’s population is under 25! We will be working with these young people as they go through a difficult period in their lives. This is the area we worked with over the last 7 years so we’re excited! We will be focusing on youth evangelism and youth leadership training.

3. Fighting Human Trafficking – The CIA lists Costa Rica as a nation with a problem in the area of human trafficking, specifically child sex slavery. We want to bring these children hope that can only come from the wholeness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Contrary to what they’ve been told, they do matter, they are important and they do have a future!

When will we be leaving?

We’ve been talking about Costa Rica for nearly a year now so when will we actually be leaving? Well, the target date is August 28, 2013. However, this is no definite. The ultimate answer is that we cannot leave until our budget is raised.

Why do we need to raise a budget?

While in Costa Rica, we will have no way of making an income in country. As a result, we need to raise our budget before we can leave. There are two budgets:

1. Cash budget – This is used for one-time purchases or services (i.e. language school, flights to and from Costa Rica, a vehicle, etc.)

2. Monthly budget – This is used for recurring purchases or services (i.e. rent, groceries, insurance, gas, etc.)

See our blog at {website} for more info.

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Don't reply.  Just unfriend and block her from your Facebook page.  Nobody will confront you about it.

Yeah, you are probably right Strega, thanks for responding.

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